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The island of Bali is the best known of the Indonesian islands. It’s famous beaches, rice terraces and culture have kept it on the radar of travelers from all over the world since the 1920s. Just next door are The Gili Islands, which have risen in popularity over the past decade as they have become easier to access.. Both destinations are very popular with scuba divers, and for good reason.
Thanks to Lotus Hotels it’s now easier than ever to book a dive holiday to both destinations with a combination package staying at Lotus Bungalows Candidasa in Bali and Villa Almarik on Gili Trawangan just off mainland Lombok. Both offer Gangga Divers PADI 5* dive centres where the highest international standards of personal service and dive safety are practiced.
Diving in Bali
Thanks to the many dive experiences on offer and ease of access to modern accommodation, transport, and health facilities Bali is one of the top diving destinations in Indonesia.
Bali holds magic and wonder for divers of every skill level. Dive on a WWII shipwreck, off vertical drop-offs, or search sandy slopes for tiny critters. There are also challenging dives around Gili Tepekong, and Nusa Penida where divers go to find manta rays and oceanic sunfish.
You will also have the opportunity to increase your dive qualifications with Gangga Divers at Lotus Bungalows. Rebreather and Diver Propulsion Vehicle courses are part of their specialty dive options. Those certified with an Open Water Diver certification area ready for the Diver Propulsion Vehicle course and Advanced Open Water Divers can sign up for the Rebreather course.
With so many dives available within a short distance of Lotus Bungalows you can maximize diving time and see the incredible marine life Bali has to offer. You’ll see reef sharks, seahorses, frogfish, ghost pipefish, mantis shrimp, nudibranchs, saddleback anemone fish, long horned cowfish, and plenty more.
Diving in The Gili Islands
Gili Trawangan is an island paradise where people come to relax, enjoy the soft white sand, clear blue water and absence of cars and motorbikes. Villa Almarik and Gangga Divers are located just north of the main Gili T strip where quiet days, swimming with sea turtles, and gentle evenings are the main attractions.
From Villa Almarik divers have the option of over 25 varied dive sites within 20 minutes of the resort. Every diver, from those experiencing their first taste of scuba, to life-long divers, will have diving options suited to their skill level.
Dives range from 5 to 40 metres and encompass everything from soft sandy slopes to steep walls, underwater caverns and breathtaking coral gardens. Each dive is unique and packed with marine species.
Adrenaline junkies will love some of the deeper dives where reef sharks, barracudas, manta rays are often seen. Frogfishes, pipefish and giant sea turtles are also a joy to dive with.
2 Islands 1 Holiday
You don’t have to choose between these 2 beautiful islands. Lotus Hotels offers you a 2 holidays rolled into one with 5 nights at Lotus Bungalows, Candidasa & 4 nights at Villa Almarik, Gili Trawangan.
Included are 8 boat dives with Gangga Divers at Lotus Bungalows and 4 boat dives with Gangga Divers at Villa Almarik. Daily breakfast, selected transfers, one-time massages at each resort and many other inclusions ensure you don’t have to worry about a thing but where you’re going to dive next.
Lotus Bungalows is a 20-room hotel in Balinese style in the small town of Candidasa in East Bali. Each room offers an open-air bathroom, air conditioning, and a private veranda. It’s a quiet getaway where the sound of the waves lapping against the shore can be heard day and night. An oceanfront bamboo restaurant, sparkling blue pool, and on-site spa complete the facilities.
On Gili Trawangan your resort Villa Almarik has 27 rooms -10 Deluxe, 9 Standard and 8 Superior, all with elegant Indonesian decor. Air-conditioning, satellite TV and DVD player, and a spacious bathroom come as standard. A private terrace looking out to the lush gardens allows you to sit out and enjoy the island air and beautiful surroundings.
Villa Almarik also offers a restaurant with dining tables on the 2nd floor of the main building with sea views, in the pool area or by the beach, a cozy spa, and pool where you can take a dip or soak in the sun.
For more information on this offer please click here : Bali & Lombok In One Holidays.